Let’s Get Ready for Winter Break

It’s that time of the year. The weather grows colder, the holiday season approaches, and the study grind for finals begins. One thing to look forward to post-finals, is winter break. From December 20 to January 15, you’ll have no obligations, and some time to relax before the spring semester craziness begins. But before you head home, on vacation, or wherever you may be spending your break, it’s important to ensure that your dorm/apartment is prepared for your time off.

Housing Closing Procedures

Residence Halls

Residence Halls close on Wednesday, December 20, and all students must leave their rooms during the entirety of the break. For students planning on staying close to campus, don’t fret, rooms at the RIT Inn and Conference Center have been reserved for
you, just ask your RA for more info. If your roommate this semester is planning on moving out (or if they already have), it is important to ensure that your room is prepared for someone new to move in. This will consist of removing your personal belongings from their side of the room. In the hustle and bustle of finals week, many students forget to empty their garbage prior to leaving for winter break. We’re sure you can imagine how lovely the room will smell upon your arrival back to campus if you forget to do so! Aside from throwing out last minute trash, it is imperative that you close, lock, and pull down the shades on all of windows in your room. This will help prevent pipes from freezing. Just like your garbage, it’s just as important to remove all leftover food in your mini fridge prior to your departure from RIT. Lastly, don’t forget to unplug all electronics, and lock your door when you leave!


Just like the residence halls, on-campus apartments also need to be prepared for your absence during winter break. Aside from preparing for a new roommate, locking windows, taking out garbage, and moving unplugging all electronics, it is important to adjust your apartment’s temperature prior to your departure. Your heater should be set to automatic, and the room temperature should be set to at least 65 degrees. While adjusting your apartment’s temperature, be sure to leave the HVAC covers in place, and do not turn off the valves to the HVAC unit. With most campus apartments having multiple roommates in one unit, it is important that you create a comfortable living space to ensure new roommates are welcome.

Dining Services

All of the dining halls will close December 20th, 2017, and will re-open at the start of spring semester 2018. For a full list of hours and operation, please visit the RIT Dining Servies website. 

Good luck on finals, and have a wonderful winter break. See you next semester!

What you should do in Case of a Fire

       Evacuate the building using the nearest available stairwell or exit. Do not use elevators

       Even if you think that the fire alarm is simply burnt popcorn or mac & cheese, get out. You never know the cause of the fire alarm until after

       If an alarm is not sounding, pull red fire alarm on your way out, if possible

       Close doors on your way out, if possible

       Assist mobility impaired persons

       Report to the pre-determined meeting area. If there has been no meeting pre-determined move away from the building and stay away from building exits

       Await further instructions

All RIT facilities are fully equipped with a fire alarm system, a telephone system and in some instances, the ability to utilize voice communications. Most facilities contain both audible and visual notification appliances for alarms. RIT may also employ the use of Sign Language interpreters to assist deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

All building occupants are to evacuate the facility. There are no critical operations that would require anyone to remain behind during an emergency evacuation.

Cooking and Fire Hazards

Some of the most common causes of a fire alarm going off is due to overcooking popcorn or Easy Mac. Make sure to read through all cooking instructions before putting anything in the microwave.

There are also multiple things that are banned from the residence halls in order to prevent fires. Some of those items include candles, rope lights and extension cords. A full list can be found here.

Refusal to follow these procedures can result in an RIT conduct hearing and fines starting at $200. You can find detailed accounts here under section 13.



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Warning Wednesdays provide specific information on what to do in specific types of emergencies each week.

Housing Checkout

Moving out of your housing at RIT for the summer? Students not graduating must be moved out of their RIT housing by Saturday, May 18th at 10:00 am. Students who are graduating and are in RIT housing have until Sunday, May 19th at noon to move out.

The RIT Housing Operations has a streamlined way to check you out of your housing this year. This year, if you bring your key and your RIT ID with you to the Housing Operations office during normal business hours (8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday), the Housing Operations staff will check you out of your housing with an iPad.

How does this work? The Housing Operations staff has a card swipe similar to a Square. A Square allows people to accept credit card payments with an iPhone or iPad. However, instead of a credit card, you use your RIT ID, which has all of your information on it to check you out of housing.

If you need to return your key outside of normal business hours, place your housing key in a pre-printed envelope that you can get outside of the Housing Operations office and the Public Safety office in Grace Watson Hall and drop it off in the designated box outside of the office. This procedure is for all students living in RIT housing that are not staying for the summer with the exception of students living in the RIT Inn. Students living in the RIT Inn should return their key to the front desk at the RIT Inn.

If you have any questions please contact housing@rit.edu or (585) 475-2878.

Have a wonderful and safe summer!

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  Written by: Brittany Remington